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Survival kit ideas for earthquake (priority contents and their uses)

Posted by Wayne Bennett on

There’s an earthquake happening every day all over the world.

It’s inevitable.

It’s something that we, people, can’t do anything about it.

And it doesn’t have warnings. It can happen anytime.

Little shaking may not harm anybody but a major earthquake can shake power posts, destroy water dams, break bridges, and get your wreck houses. We’ve seen it. It’s part of the tragic history of our country.

However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released a statement in April 2015 claiming that 60% of Americans do not have any disaster precautions in place. So why haven’t more families taken the safety advice of their Government?

One main reason is people don’t really know exactly what to prepare for.

So let me give you a glimpse of what could happen in the next big one.

1. Injured people because of fallen objects and debris
2. Emergency Response Teams are busy responding to other emergencies
3. No power
4. No water supply
5. Gas leaks - that can cause fires
6. Block roads

In this post, we'll go through all the necessary items that you need to put in for your survival kit.

First Aid Kit Is Your #1 Priority

Why not food or water?

In an event of a massive earthquake, you need to prepare for first aid treatment on injuries. Food and water can wait but the pain from injuries cannot wait. You need to treat them immediately, and as mentioned above, emergency response teams will be busy in responding other emergencies, so you need to handle your own until help arrives. 

When putting up your first aid kit, it's not just band-aids and alcohol. I have here a list of top supplies that you need to put in for your first aid kit.

Family Disaster Survival Kit Content List

Next is all Disaster Survival Kits should have emergency drinking water. It is generally packed in mylar pouches and the water has been purified and then sterilized. This will give your water a shelf life of at least 5 years. Because it is sterile, it is unaffected by heat and light.

Food is next on the list. Store long-term Food Bars in your emergency survival kit. Food Bars come in 2400 or 3600 calories designed to support one person for 3 days. They also have a 5-year shelf life and unaffected by temperatures up to 150 degrees. Since they are not dehydrated these food bars don’t require any water. Saving your water for drinking. They also don’t create an unnatural thirst like crackers, cheese or peanut butter might do. Don’t store food that will spoil quickly. Make your kit low maintenance.

To keep with the theme of low maintenance, make sure you have a crank radio or flashlight. This eliminates the need for batteries needing to check and tossed out each year. A radio will give you contact with the outside world to determine the extent of your disaster and what steps you may need to take next. A back up to flashlights is Light Sticks. They glow for 12 hours with no risk of fires like candles and are safe for children to handle and have a 5-year shelf life. American made light sticks perform better have a longer more reliable shelf life and are made from safer chemicals as opposed to Chinese made.

Pack emergency tools for Gas and Water Utility Shutoff. When at home, you must have the ability to control your own utilities immediately. Ignoring this problem could be devastating. Water flooding your home, collapsing second stories of homes and making it uninhabitable. Uncontrolled gas leaks can lead to fires and dangerous explosions.

These are just some of the key items that need to be in your 72 hour Family Disaster Survival Kit and your Emergency Car Survival Kit. For more information check out our Disaster Preparedness Checklist.


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